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Room on the Broom

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  21,093 ratings  ·  1,301 reviews
The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 25th 2003 by Puffin Books (first published August 27th 2001)
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Johnny 0h06m—A little over five minutes, per a brisk reading of the 2001 Hardcover edition with ISBN 9780803726574.
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Room on the Broom (2012) (TV Movie)
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As of 2022, there has been:
Room on the Broom (2012) (TV Movie)
IMDb #tt2484120 - 0h25m - 7.5/10 - Low Popularity

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May 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
A witch and her cat are traveling one night on her broom when the wind picks up and blows away her hat, then her bow and then her wand. Some little animal friends will help her retrieve them along the way, but will there be enough room on her broom for them all to fly together after helping?

This is a charming children's book, filled with fun rhymes, funny pictures and an overall charming atmosphere. Had it been around when I was a kid, it would have no doubt been one of my favorites. As things s
Shoa Khan
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely my FAVOURITE picture book! (No, I don't think I'm too old for them!)
I have also seen the BBC version, and thought it was bloody good!

This is the story of a kind witch and her cat, merrily flying on their broomstick!

But after a while, the wind starts playing havoc and every now and then, some thing or the other goes flying off the broom, which causes them to make many pit stops! But at every stop they make a new friend, who wants to tag along, and the witch obliges, much to th

Our family is a big fan of this story on Netflix which is where I first heard the story. I had seen the book in bookstores and was interested in this book, but it was seeing the show that got me to order up the book. I think this is totally going to be a classic like the Polar Express.

The rhymes are wonderful and the characters are lovable. The TV show is so well done that it outshines the book a bit, at least for someone who saw that first and read the book later. They adapted the sh
Mariah Roze
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was super cute! The movie matches the book perfectly too.

"The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?"
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is possibly the best kids book I've ever read. It rhymes, so there is a real flow - and my young follower, who was 6 easily supplied all the end words at the right points, which I thought was quite funny, because being a boy, he couldn't read, but he had more or less remembered every word of this book.

We just loved the story, the frog with his pond, the cat, the dog and a bird - overload the broom to the inevitable snap point - but the witch is too generous to worry about details l
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr. H, my grandson, and I love this book!! Great story!!
Oct 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Julia Donaldson’s wonderful children’s book, told in rhyme, is a story of friendship, sharing, and kindness that would be great to read aloud with young children! In addition, several parts had me laughing out loud. Axel Scheffler’s illustrations greatly enhance the story too!

Thanks to my Goodreads friend Manybooks for calling my attention to this book!
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful picture book from the ever reliable Donaldson and Scheffler.
A super cute story for little ones to enjoy at Halloween.

It's a perfect tale of helping strangers as a kind witch invite various new friends onto her broom after having lost her hat, plait and and wand in a storm.

The unlikely group of a cat, dog, bird and frog form a great alliance as the continue to help the witch and continue their travels together.

This brilliant rhyme with a fun message and great illustrations stirred to
Sophia Triad
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind. 

A witch will be saved before she becomes a dragon's lunch by a few helpful animals who love to ride with her on her broomstick.

Is there room on the broom for a dog like me? “Yes!” cried the witch

You can never go wrong with a book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
It is in my opinion often rather difficult if not even pretty well rare to find poetry specifically conceptualised for younger children that is not only thematically and content wise fun and engaging but that also presents itself at the same time as lyrically and rhythmically adept (in other words, I mean to say that I do tend to find it often not all that easy to find children specific poetry that does not read somewhat awkwardly and haltingly at times, that continuously presents both a good an ...more
Lisa Vegan
Great read aloud! Great rhyme! There is just the right amount of funny vs. scary. There’s a really fun and surprising and creative ending. (I was really tempted to tell what exactly, but then I’d have to use a spoiler box for a children’s picture book.) Oh, and the illustrations are wonderful!
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My children loved this and we had lots of fun reading it
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Julia Donaldson is a fantastic author. She understands what appeals to children and brings them to fantastic worlds with endearing characters.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful rhyming picture book about a witch, charming and fun to read aloud at Halloween.
A fun, rhyming text all about sharing and how it can have unexpectedly positive results! :-) I loved the "surprise" at the end. After I read the book, I read up on the author/illustrator in the back flap as usual and discovered that they're from the UK. Reading the text with a British accent makes it even more fun! ;-> ...more
debbicat *made of stardust*
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, children
Aweeeeee! So cute! What a fun Halloween 2018 read. I recommend it!

Just read this again with students for Halloween 2020. Oh my gosh! Now a favorite.
My favorite you tube read of it is this one!
The best special effects!!
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable book, really anything by Julia Donaldson is a success.
Julie G ("Doctor, my eyes!"  Offline for a week)
An instant classic. My daughters, at 5 and 7 years old, fight over who will hold it while I read it.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A childhood favourite. I think they had it at my kindergarten -- I know I didn't own it, but I read it many times. 💟 ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my BEDTIME STORIES list.

I have a little boy and love reading to him, so this reading list will cover the classic (and new) children’s stories we’re enjoying together.

A really good read-aloud story, with great rhythm, rhyme and repetitive elements. My son is
Dec 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
As far as children's books go, this is a better one. It takes for granted that everyone knows what a witch is and that they fly on brooms. This doesn't feel like an unreasonable assumption. Then, without any judgment for the witch, it proceeds in a sing-song manner to show the witch including more and more friends with her as she flies. Their friendship ultimately pays off.

One of the less obnoxious books you could read to your kid.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anyone with small children (and older ones too, I'm sure) will be familiar with Julia Donaldson, in particular The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, which - along with Room on the Broom - have been made into animated films that regularly show on the ABC. My son, at three, enjoys the books but finds the movies too scary - he's still young like that.

Room on the Broom is about a witch with "long ginger hair in a braid down her back" and a cat and a broomstick and cauldron. They're flying through t
Amy Hoang
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Room on the Broom is an exciting, enchanting story of a good natured witch and her cat that meets new friends along the way, a dog, a bird, a frog and invites them onto her broom. It has a nice rhyming flow to the story which will keep children engaged plus the use of repetition. The pictures are mesmerising and really do bring the story to life. There is very descriptive use of words for the characters in the book, particularly when describing the horrible and frightful beast. There is a moral ...more
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The rhythm and rhyme of the story make it a delightful read, and the pages of illustrations are beautifully done with a good dose of whimsy. Wonderful children's book for Halloween. ...more
Kirsty Cabot
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read to Ivy 05/09/15

Great story telling, love the way the story sounds when you read it out loud.
Liam Mernagh
‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of a delightful witch who has the misfortune of losing her possessions while on one of her magical flights in a gusty wind. However, on the way she meets various animals who help her as she goes in search of her lost items in return for a spot on her broom. Unfortunately, the witch’s broom breaks in mid air under the weight of its passengers and they face the danger of being eaten by a hungry dragon. Th ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This fun picture book by Julia Donaldson tells the story of a kind-hearted witch and her loyal cat flying through the night sky, when they bump into many colourful characters during their journey, who end up joining the broomstick. Disaster strikes after a while, when the broomstick snaps in half under the weight of several new passengers collected along the way, and the witch finds herself face to face with a very hungry dragon!

The repeated rhyming structure of the book makes it brilliant for
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson, published 2001. This is a cute story about a witch, her four friends and a dragon. The Pages are full of great colorful illustrations, the artwork is very good. The rhyming is spot on and a lot of fun to read out loud to the kids. This is a fall favorite with good reason. Enjoy .
Crystal Marcos
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We love this book. My daughter requests this book often. It is a great book to read during Halloween time or anytime really. The artwork is fun and perfect for the story. My daughter will say lines from the book. It is very cute! She even got the DVD for Christmas last year.
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My youngest sister found this in a Hermanus book shop when she was 3. I read it to her so many times that I could recite it by heart- so could she! I will always love this book, for the amusing rhyme and all the attached memories.
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